Metallosis Hip Replacement - Metallosis Hip Revision Lawsuit
If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery and are experiencing certain side effects like metallosis (metal poisoning) or the need for a second revision surgery, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer. Call us today to get the facts. Call Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill out our online contact form below and a Hip Metallosis Lawyer will get back to you as soon as possible. This is a free, no obligation consultation. There are no legal fees unless we make a recovery for you. Time is limited, so please call today.
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Metallosis and the Problems of Hip Implants
When a patient decides to undergo a hip replacement surgery, they need to be able to trust that their medical team will go above and beyond to ensure their safety both during and after the procedure. Hip replacement surgery has increased in popularity over the last couple of decades, and injury or arthritic diseases are the leading causes of needing this procedure. While advancements in technology continue to improve the market of hip replacement systems, there are still numerous risks to having a hip implant installed.
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Those that undergo a hip replacement procedure face a recovery time of approximately six months following the surgery. During this time, the patient will work on improving the strength and flexibility of the joint through intensive physical therapy. Depending on the unique needs and lifestyle of the patient, there are several types of hip implants that may be used in surgery, including:
• Metal-on-Polyethylene Implants
• Ceramic-on-Polyethylene Implants
• Metal-on-Metal Implants
• Ceramic-on-Ceramic Implants
In recent years, manufacturers have marketed metal-on-metal implants to younger hip replacement patients with active lifestyles. They claimed that these devices would be more durable than other hip implant designs and result in less risk of revision surgery in the future. However, studies have shown that these devices actually increase the risk of serious complications and future surgery in many patients.
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Complications Associated with Hip Implants
Every hip implant system has the potential to fail or result in complications during recovery for the patient. A typical hip replacement system has a lifespan of around 15 to 20 years, and many patients undergo revision surgery at some point to repair or replace their artificial joint.
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Standard risks and complications associated with a hip implant include the following:
• Increased pain and limited mobility
• Dislocation or loosening of the joint
• Osteolysis – deterioration of bone surrounding the implant
• Soft tissue and nerve damage
• Infection, inflammation, and swelling
• Catastrophic failure
• Bone fracture
• Blood clots
Metal-on-metal hip implants have the additional risk of causing metallosis in patients – also known as metal poisoning. When the cobalt and chromium components of the device rub together as the joint moves, small particles of metal wear away from the hip implant. These metal ions can then reach the blood stream, resulting in serious or life-threatening complications. In most cases, patients will need to undergo complex revision surgery to remove the metal-on-metal device in order to recover from metallosis.
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Despite the risk of severe complications with a hip replacement surgery, around 90% of patients experience relief from their daily pain and other symptoms of their hip disorder. The pros and cons of having a hip replacement procedure done should be discussed with a medical team in order to decide on the safest, most effective treatment option for each patient.
Metal Poisoning from Metal Hip Replacements
In recent years, metal-on-metal hip replacements have come under scrutiny for the number of serious complications reported by patients who received the device. Although these devices have been around for decades, manufacturers began marketing this type of implant as being a durable option with a lower risk of failure for younger hip replacement patients. Unfortunately, studies and post-market data have shown that this type of implant actually has a substantially higher risk of failure than other implants and can cause severe complications.
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In a metal hip replacement system, the components are constructed from a variety of metals that include cobalt and chromium. Total hip replacements result in the femoral head, stem, and socket to all be replaced with metal devices in an effort to alleviate pain and remove damaged bone. When these metal components rub together, the friction can release metal ions into the joint space. This can cause severe pain and inflammation within the joint, and when the metal particles travel to the blood stream, metal poisoning can occur.
Consequences of Metallosis in Hip Replacement Patients
In addition to a high rate of failure and other complications, metal poisoning (metallosis) is one of the most serious risks of metal hip implants. Patients with metallosis may not notice any symptoms in the beginning stages of the condition, but pain, swelling, and decreased mobility are the most common early symptoms.
If left untreated, metallosis can have serious or life-threatening consequences on the body, including:
• Bone, tissue, and muscle necrosis
• Kidney failure
• Skin and gastrointestinal disorders
• Increased risk of cancer
• DNA mutations
• Impaired liver function
• Reproductive issues
After data showed the substantial risk of metallosis in patients with metal-on-metal hip implants, the FDA released safety warnings concerning this type of device. In these warnings, the agency recommended that patients with a metal implant follow-up with their surgeon immediately if any symptoms of metal poisoning are present. Additionally, leading surgeons in the field now recommend that patients with metal implants have a blood test done every three months to check for metal toxicity for the lifespan of the implant – regardless of whether or not symptoms are present.
While many major manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls for their metal implant systems, thousands of patients had received these devices before the recall was ordered. Companies such as Stryker, DePuy, and Smith & Nephew are now facing thousands of lawsuits from patients who claim to have been injured from a metal-on-metal hip system. To date, several class action lawsuits have been settled that provided compensation for these hip replacement patients.
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